It's school time and children are getting ready to return to school or start for the first time. For many children though, anxiety over new teachers, bullies and the like makes school a not-so-good experience. Some tips to get you and your little one ready for the first day.
Teaching your child to write their name makes excellent kindergarten preparation.
Before going into kindergarten, most school boards suggest that children be able to get dressed and undressed and use the toilet independently. They should know how to put on their own shoes.
Take your child on errands and explain how things work as you go.
Make Getting Ready Fun
With younger kids a new backpack and a few new items of clothing and other kits tend to gear them up.
Talk to your child about how he feels about school without judgment. Listen without jumping in to fix things.
No matter what your child says, remain calm.
Don’t downplay your child’s fears
Work as a team with your child--he is not alone in this.
Encourage your child to become independent and also by letting her work out problems she can manage on her own without you stepping in. Independence cuts the risk of separation anxiety.
Build your child’s self-worth by celebrating his unique qualities and talents.
Explain child what the school morning routine will be like.
Believe in your child’s capacity to work through problems and overcome adversity--your belief in him will help him succeed.